I was not one of the lucky people that got a Becky Higgins 365 kit. I was sick in bed when they went on sale and by the time I got online, they were sold out. (What’s funny is my Aunt Gail, who isn’t even a scrapbooker, got a kit! I’m so excited she is doing this project.) And, from the sounds of it on the CK blog, it is going to be months before they get more. I don’t want to wait. It will stress me out trying to put together that many weeks, even if I am diligent with taking photos and journaling. So I have come up with my own system.
Here’s the plan.
I downloaded Ali Edwards’ digital days of the week brushes for $4. I am going to “stamp” the day on my pictures in photoshop before I get them printed. (The Becky kit had days stickers to put on your photos). I LOVE how these brushes look on my photos. I also think Ali’s handwriting and my own is similar, so it kind of looks like I wrote on the pictures. Designer digitals also has these cool days borders where you can insert the date, but I like the flexibility of placing the day of the week wherever I want.
I am going to buy 12x12page protectors that are divided for 4×6 photos for a D-ring album. A few different options exist, but I think I am going to get these really cool page protectors from I Remember When. They come in a variety of formats to allow you to use horizontal and vertical pictures. I really like the versatility. What is particularly nice about these pages is that they open in the middle to allow you to insert your photos in from the back. Then they close securely and look just like a normal page when they are in your album, but protected from dust and falling out. I also like that you have the option to do a 12×12 layout and then put in six 4×6 photos – you could do your favorite photo of the week on the 12×12 and then the 4x6s could be the other days.
This weekend I am going to design 4×6 cards (2 up on 8.5×11 sheets in a variety of neautral colors) that say week of _____________ on them and print a large batch, as well as create journaling cards to drop in across the bottom of the pages.
Another option would be to buy assorted 4×6 journaling cards, though this may be kind of expensive. Here are a few I found online.
UPDATE #2: I just found out that I Remember When is launching their new estore on Monday January 12, but you can still view the Everyday Stories line of page protectors and other products that are going to be available. If you are interested in getting the page protectors for your 365 project, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address and they will notify you when the products are available – and give you a 10% coupon for your order! (I know some of the products are not going to be in until 2/15, but I don’t know which ones.)
UPDATE #3: I wanted to quickly address a few questions I have received. I use Photoshop CS4 to put the days on my photos using the Ali brushes. The download comes with an .abr file for photoshop and .png files which I think you could use in any photo program, though I am not positive. Yes, I plan to do Daily December in 2009. This is a tradition I want to do every year. I am sure there will be some overlap in photos, but my DD album included multiple photos on each day, so I think the albums will be different enough.
UPDATE #4: Becky Higgins is offering a FREE download on her blog of all the journaling cards. So, if you didn’t get a kit and download the sweet PDF she is offering. Then, go buy your divided page protectors and you will be good to go.